- The 25th annual State of the Nation Address took place on Thursday
- Numerous bold promises were made, including that the number of jobs created would double
- The President also confirmed that land reform will be fast-tracked in 2019
The South African public watched in excitement on Thursday as the 25th annual State of the Nation Address took place.
President Cyril Ramaphosa shared the general review of 2018 financial performance and outlined the objectives for 2019.
Viewers looking forward to more theatrics from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were left disappointed as Julius Malema and company were surprisingly subdued.
The peace allowed attendees to focus purely on the address and numerous big promises were made for the near future.
Ramaphosa confirmed that government will be implementing a new programme, which will lead to the creation of twice as many jobs as is currently the case.
The President also promised to fast-track land reform in 2019.
Ramaphosa stated: “The potential of agriculture in South Africa for job creation and economic growth still remains largely underdeveloped.”
He went on to add that land would be made available for human settlements, industrial and agricultural development.
Ramaphosa was quick to point out that pockets of state-owned land would be utilised.
Briefly.co.za noted that President Ramaphosa also stated that the dignity and reputation of state-owned enterprises would be restored this year.
New boards with credible directors have been appointed for Eskom and Transet, amongst others.
The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture has made headlines of late.
In response to this, Ramaphosa said: “Where there is a basis to prosecute, prosecutions must follow swiftly and stolen public funds must be recovered urgently.”
This received a round of applause as many were seemingly buoyed by the prospect of corrupt politicians being sentenced.
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